Sunrisers Hyderabad’s losing streak continues as they go down against Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Stadium. Chasing 168 runs, David Warner & Co finished 20 runs short to sit in the fifth spot with three wins from eight games.
Sunrisers Hyderabad didn’t look to perform to their strengths with their top-order going down cheaply. Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson looked to steady the ship after David Warner and Manish Pandey. But Ravindra Jadeja bowled a stunner to dismiss Ravindra Jadeja to break the much-needed partnership.
Williamson chipped in with a half-century to take the game deep backed by Rashid Khan’s brisk knock but Chennai Super Kings bowlers held the nerves in the end to secure a much-needed win. Dwayne Bravo was brilliant in the death well supported by Shardul Thakur as Sunrisers Hyderabad lose by 20 runs.
Meanwhile, there has been a lot of talk about Chennai Super Kings intent and sending Sam Curran at the top was the right decision. The all-rounder’s brisk cameo ensured that Chennai Super Kings weren’t that affected by Faf du Plessis’ golden duck.
However, the Shane Watson-Ambati Rayudu stand set it up for the final flourish. The duo’s dismissals in rather a quick succession did help Sunrisers Hyderabad to pull things back but cameos from MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja ensured that Chennai got past the 165-run mark. Sandeep Sharma was the standout bowler for Hyderabad but the others including Rashid Khan weren’t quite on the mark.
Speaking at the end of the game, David Warner rued playing one batsman short. He also added the wicket was on the slower side and admitted that they need to work out on few areas ahead of their next game.
“The wicket was on the slower side, I think we needed an extra batter. We tried to take it deep. You got one big boundary, so it’s not easy. We have to go back to the drawing board and work on few areas,” David Warner said.
Adding further, David Warner said that he is ready for the challenge and beat the best teams to qualify for the playoffs. They at least need to win five of their remaining six games to book a place in the top four.
“We need to monitor the wickets in the upcoming games and select the team accordingly. Things (in the points table) are always congested in the middle. You got to beat the best teams, to make it to the top. We’ll be facing the top teams in the next few days, so I’m up for the challenge and so are the other guys,” David Warner added.